History of the

Up Home Ranch

 
HISTORY OF THE UP HOME RANCH

The original homestead, located in the White Oak Community, was purchased November 11, 1918 - the same day of the end of World War I - by Edwin A. "Eddie" Pfister. The ranch then became known by friends and neighbors as simply "The Pfister Place".

Eddie, his wife Pauline and their three children Ruby, Laura and Edwin Jr., moved to the property from their original home located in the nearby community of Morris Ranch. Eddie and Pauline's parents had settled in Morris Ranch after immigrating from Germany, but Eddie and his family chose to leave the community when an order was put into place disallowing German to be spoken. After the move, the children attended the White Oak School where German was allowed to be spoken. 

Eddie passed away in 1945, followed by Edwin Jr. in 1956, leaving Pauline and her two daughters to manage the ranch for the next 15 years. When Pauline passed, her daughters officially changed the name of the property to R&L Ranch. Ruby passed in 1986 and, for twenty years, Laura, along with Ruby's daughter Peggy ran the ranch, maintaining the improvements as well as the livestock including cattle, sheep, and a large flock of commercial Angora goats.

 

When Laura passed in 2006, Peggy and her daughter Lindsey took over operations, and extended the property to include a connecting game-fenced portion purchased in 2009. In 2008, they painstakingly restored and extended the original two-story ranch house, and Peggy began living there full-time after retiring from a career in education. They gave the entire ranch the permanent name of the Up Home Ranch - a title derived from a simple and often reoccurring statement from Laura to her husband when she would go to the ranch on weekends - "I'm going up home".  

Pfiester Family

The Pfiester family in front of their ranch house in the early 1920's. Eddie, Laura, Ruby, Edwin and Pauline.

Pfiester Home

The ranch house and outbuilding shortly after it was purchased by Eddie Pfiester.

Eddie Pfiester

Eddie Pfiester in the snow, in front of the large rock and concrete water reservoir he constructed during the Great Depression of the 1930's.

Eddie, Laura, Edwin and Ruby Pfieste

Eddie, Laura, Edwin and Ruby Pfiester.

White Oak School Children 1920's

School children outside the White Oak School in the late 1920's.

Horse

Horses were an integral part of daily life on the place.

Pfiester house and yard

Pauline was known for having one of the best flower gardens in the area.

Angora Goats

Angora goats resided on the ranch when it was purchased, and are still a staple species of the operation.

Mule Team

Mules transporting feed to be loaded into the loft of the original outbuilding.

Sheep

Sheep were one of many species that could be found on the ranch.

Turkeys

Ruby Pfiester after a turkey hunt.

Eddie Pfiester and friends

Eddie Pfiester and friends in front of the ranch house.

Dogs and horse in snow

Dogs and horse in the snow.

Pfiester Family Photo

Last known photo of the Pfiester family, taken behind the ranch house. Ruby, Laura, Edwin, Pauline and Eddie.

Eddie Pfiester and friends

Eddie Pfiester and friends in front of the ranch house.